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The '''Battle of Tumhalad''' was the last battle of the Elves of [[Nargothrond]]. It was fought on the plain of Tumhalad between the river [[Narog]] and its tributary, the river [[Ginglith]].
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| name=Battle of Tumhalad
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| conflict=[[Wars of Beleriand]]
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|date={{FA|495}}<ref>{{GA|275}}</ref>
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| place=[[Tumhalad]]
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| result=Orc victory
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| side1=The [[Elves of Nargothrond]]
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| side2=Forces of Morgoth
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| commanders1=*[[Túrin]]
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*[[Orodreth]]
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| commanders2=*Unnamed Orc captain
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*[[Glaurung]]
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| forces1=At least 30,000 Noldorin Elves
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| forces2=At least 70,000{{fact}}
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| casual1=As high as 25,000{{fact}}
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| casual2=Possibly two thirds{{fact}}
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The '''Battle of Tumhalad''' was the last battle of the Elves of [[Nargothrond]]. It was fought on the plain of [[Tumhalad]] between the [[Narog]] and its tributary, the [[Ginglith]].
  
The battle was fought as result of a massive [[Orcs|Orc]]-buildup beneath the [[Ered Wethrin]] and in the Pass of [[Sirion]]. Messengers from [[Círdan]] the Shipwright brought these tidings and a message from Círdan concerning a warning given to Círdan by the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Ulmo]].
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==Prelude==
Ulmo had told Círdan that the Elves of Nargothrond shouldn't fight abroad and stay in their fortress.
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But [[Túrin Turambar]], a [[Men|Man]] and an influential commander of Nargothrond's forces urged its king, [[Orodreth]] to venture out and fight the forces of [[Morgoth]]
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The battle was fought as result of a massive [[Orcs|Orc]]-buildup beneath the [[Ered Wethrin|Mountains of Shadow]] and in the [[Pass of Sirion]]. Messengers from [[Círdan]] brought these tidings and a message from Círdan concerning a warning from the [[Valar|Vala]] [[Ulmo]] that the Elves of Nargothrond should not fight in open battles against the armies of [[Morgoth]].
  
The Elves of Nargothrond, however, weren't used to battle in the open field for they had always waged a secret war, ambushing but never assaulting the forces of Morgoth. Also, the evil hosts were larger than anticipated and led by the [[Dragons|Dragon]], [[Glaurung]].  
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However [[Túrin|Túrin Turambar]], a [[Men|Man]] and an influential commander of Nargothrond's forces, urged King [[Orodreth]] to venture out and fight the forces of Morgoth.
  
The forces of Nargothrond couldn't withstand the assault and were driven towards the plain of Tumhalad, were most of them, including King Orodreth, were slain. Only Túrin withstood the attack of Glaurung for he wore an iron mask made by the [[Dwarves]].
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==Opposing Forces==
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Possible numbers for the battle are at least 30,000 Noldorin Elves, as Nargothrond had barely participated in th crushing defeat of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. The army led by Glaurung must have been at least 70,000 if they could've defeated such a large Noldorin force, although it is likely that the presence of Glaurung contributed greatly to the elven defeat.
  
The defeat suffered by the Elves paved the road for the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung.
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==The Battle==
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The Elves of Nargothrond, though, were not used to open battle for they had always waged a guerilla war, ambushing but never assaulting the forces of Morgoth. Also, the evil hosts were larger than anticipated and led by the [[Dragons|Dragon]] [[Glaurung]].  
  
[[Category:Battles|Tumhalad]]
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The forces of Nargothrond could not withstand the assault and were driven towards the plain of Tumhalad, were most of them, including King Orodreth and the Elf-lord [[Gwindor]], were slain. Only Túrin withstood the attack of Glaurung, as he wore the [[Dwarves|Dwarven]]-crafted [[Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin]].
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==Aftermath==
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The defeat suffered by the Elves allowed the [[Sack of Nargothrond]] by Glaurung.
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Casualties for the Elves could've been as high as 25,000, with the remainder fleeing to Doriath, the [[Isle of Balar]] or possibly rallying to the defence of Nargothrond itself. Glaurung's army likely suffered heavy casualties as well, with possibly two thirds of the force being destroyed.{{fact}}
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{{references}}
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[[Category:Conflicts of the First Age]]
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[[de:Schlacht von Tumhalad]]
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[[fr:encyclo:evenements:1a:guerres:bataille_de_tumhalad]]

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Battle of Tumhalad
Conflict: Wars of Beleriand
Date: F.A. 495[1]
Place: Tumhalad
Outcome: Orc victory
Combatants

The Elves of Nargothrond

Forces of Morgoth

Commanders
Strength

At least 30,000 Noldorin Elves

At least 70,000[source?]

Casualties

As high as 25,000[source?]

Possibly two thirds[source?]

The Battle of Tumhalad was the last battle of the Elves of Nargothrond. It was fought on the plain of Tumhalad between the Narog and its tributary, the Ginglith.

Contents

Prelude

The battle was fought as result of a massive Orc-buildup beneath the Mountains of Shadow and in the Pass of Sirion. Messengers from Círdan brought these tidings and a message from Círdan concerning a warning from the Vala Ulmo that the Elves of Nargothrond should not fight in open battles against the armies of Morgoth.

However Túrin Turambar, a Man and an influential commander of Nargothrond's forces, urged King Orodreth to venture out and fight the forces of Morgoth.

Opposing Forces

Possible numbers for the battle are at least 30,000 Noldorin Elves, as Nargothrond had barely participated in th crushing defeat of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. The army led by Glaurung must have been at least 70,000 if they could've defeated such a large Noldorin force, although it is likely that the presence of Glaurung contributed greatly to the elven defeat.

The Battle

The Elves of Nargothrond, though, were not used to open battle for they had always waged a guerilla war, ambushing but never assaulting the forces of Morgoth. Also, the evil hosts were larger than anticipated and led by the Dragon Glaurung.

The forces of Nargothrond could not withstand the assault and were driven towards the plain of Tumhalad, were most of them, including King Orodreth and the Elf-lord Gwindor, were slain. Only Túrin withstood the attack of Glaurung, as he wore the Dwarven-crafted Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin.

Aftermath

The defeat suffered by the Elves allowed the Sack of Nargothrond by Glaurung.

Casualties for the Elves could've been as high as 25,000, with the remainder fleeing to Doriath, the Isle of Balar or possibly rallying to the defence of Nargothrond itself. Glaurung's army likely suffered heavy casualties as well, with possibly two thirds of the force being destroyed.[source?]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §275